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Kitchen Design is something I have not had the pleasure of doing in real life, from the ground up, at least not yet. But when I dream of my ideal kitchen I find my wish list is a mix of styles with most of the spendy splurges being in the technology department. I am a bit over the top in the idea arena, always have been. But so much time is spent in the kitchen that there are just some things that would truly make that time so enjoyable don't you think? I am going to share a few of my 'dream kitchen' features with you... but I would love to know what you dream of having in your own kitchens? What have I missed on this 'must have' list? Anything?

Of course the exciting part for all of you folks is that the kind people at Wilsonart are so kindly providing one of you special people a $50 gift card to William Sonoma! Yahoo! You will find that giveaway at the bottom so just hold on to your socks friends, this next portion is about to get crazy... and a bit long winded... lot's to cover!

Dream Kitchen Idea 1: Mix of Textures 1 | 2

The images above show such a beautiful blend of texture and finish and I adore the eclectic mix. A Must for the overal look and feel of my own dream space. 

Dream Kitchen Idea 2: Open Shelving 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

I am a huge fan of storage, and I prefer my storage to live behind closed doors for the most part, but a feature wall with some open shelving gives any kitchen space that little bit of style among the everyday items! A fabulous mix of dinnerware living alongside art and accessories is just perfection and why not err on the side of glam for how that open shelving is constructed with some fancy brass shelving... 

Dream Kitchen Idea 3: Antique Brass Hardware 1 | 2 | 3

Brass is back in a major way, but you guys I have always adored the golden side of life. I even buy jewelry in this ethereal tone.

Dream Kitchen Idea 4: Large Island 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

An Island is a must, and it must, must, must be large and in charge. This is the hub of the family in my house. The place we eat, work, hang out and chat. It must be large and also extremely functional which for me means that it needs fancy storage and perhaps a sink, but definitely can't have a stove top. I feel like that is sooooo dangerous when there are kids involved and also who the heck wants to lean on the counter next to a heat source. Not I...

Dream Kitchen Idea 5: Appliances 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Let's talk turkey folks. Because appliances and their functionality are truly the meat of the kitchen. The source of all life if you will. So why not get a bit of that life with a sparkling water dispenser? Yes please... I'm fully addicted to sparkling water. Completely and utterly. I guess the other stuff like an oven is important too, but seriously a still and sparkling water dispenser? Heaven on Earth... I Die!


Dream Kitchen Idea 6: Dark Accent Walls 1 | 2

Normally I am all about the light, bright, and airy. But I LOVE me a good dark accent wall, at least one or two. If that accent wall happens to be from chalkboard paint and I can color on it, well not a requirement but so much the better! 

Dream Kitchen Idea 7: Lighting 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Lighting is truly the make or break of a room. The best accessory, if you will. I like to go a little non traditional in my lighting applications and use a combination of lighting types in some unexpected ways. A table lamp flanking the island and hardwired in place is just the cozy unexpected touch. 

Dream Kitchen Idea 8: Surface Materials 1 | 2 | 3

I love the look of herringbone wood floors, and so I would very likely do something like that, or I might use a faux wood tile. Either way it would be a wood look in a herringbone pattern! I love a carrara marble or limestone look and so the HD Line from Wilsonart is perfect for covering a lot of square footage without the cost of the actual stone! As you will see in my next couple of dream idea items, I love a dark grout, but I would pair that with a gorgeous carrara marble subway tile.

Dream Kitchen Idea 9: Clever Storage 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

I mean.. wouldn't you donate an organ or two for some of these clever storage solutions? I would... the end. 

Dream Kitchen Idea 10: Dark Grout 1 | 2

I never thought I would see the day where this was something I would like, but here we are and I am loving it! 


Now that I have exhausted you with this majorly extensive dream wish list, let's get to the part that's all about you... to enter the giveaway, use the form below! Good luck!

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We have had rain for a week now, and while the temps have been mild and the sun is at least currently shining again... I have a case of spring fever like you wouldn't believe! I can't think of anything but backyard bbq's and afternoons in the hamock with family and friends! 

This outdoor dinnerware from Target pretty much sums up my imagined sunny dispostion (since truthfully I have morning sickness like you wouldn't believe, and it's definitely more like a cloudy day here than a sunny backyard fun day).

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There are so many amazing things that roll across my screen, but some definitely stand out more than others. This collection of pieces all have a bit of a modern sensibility with a touch of color alongside some fabulous neutral pieces! I can't get enough of that touch of neon pink with neutral and gray. To die for... perhaps literally. You never know!

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A Paperless Home and The Tea Towel

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We are about as close to being a Paperless Home as the phrase can actually describe. I always wonder how they factor in Toilet Paper since bidets are not exactly the standard here in the US, though perhaps this is something we should improve upon?


There is something quite amazing in the simplicity of a design that celebrates the stripe and the monochromatic patterning like the items they sell at Studio Patro. I love the concept of tea towels, though I don’t actually own any just yet, it’s on my list of things to add to my inventory. If you have been reading my site for some time you know that I have a paperless home (for the most part, except for the obvious necessities like toilet paper, duh…) and I absolutely love that fact. No expensive paper towels to keep stocked, but it does require that for those more formal or event related occasions that I have something a bit nicer to put out for guests to use, and I think a nice collection of some of these fabulous specimens below might be just the thing for me!

It’s no secret that it’s more eco friendly to bring your own bags to shop with, than it is to use plastic bags, and these are such a fabulous version of the BYOBag. Large and in charge, not to mention aptly labeled, just in case you forget what they are for!

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These items have an ethereal dreamy kind of styling, and I wish with all my heart that one day I might own something this beautiful to display upon open my shelving. I suppose I will have to wait till the kids are grown, and by kids, I mean my monster mash, and by grown I mean…willing to sit still for longer than a half second. *sigh* … a girl can dream can’t she?

Rustic in their design and industrial in their makeup, his pieces have a bit of delicate shine that had me at first gasp! According to the write up on this article and product description (also the place of purchase in case any of you are trying to figure out what to by me for Mother’s Day aside from more tools, hint hint!), Peter Ivy was originally making simplified works for personal use while living in the US, it wasn’t until moving to Japan that he found a connection between his style sensibility as a maker and the culture in Japan. I for one couldn’t be more glad of this… and these items have officially been added to my lust list!

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